Was there betrayed at the Olympics?
The performances of the 100-meter sprinter Lamont Marcell Jacobs cause a stir.
Tokyo - Nobody had him on the list as a gold favorite: Lamont Marcell Jacobs.
The Italian, who was born in the United States, won a sensational gold medal for the country of the boot at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the supreme discipline of 100 meters and a second in the relay.
Now he has fallen into the twilight because of dubious contacts.
reported on Saturday, the 26-year-old had to part with his nutritionist in March because he is being investigated in Italy for the fraudulent illegal trade in steroids.
Olympia 2021: scandal over 100-meter sprinters?
What does that mean?
Giacomo Spazzini, a professional bodybuilder and fitness trainer, had praised the collaboration as the key to success after Jacobs' Olympic victory.
"It was his goal to run under ten seconds," the 26-year-old told the
: "In a year of working together, we increased his muscle mass by four kilograms and reduced his body fat by four percentage points. Only with an adapted diet. "
The authorities in Milan are investigating that Spazzini because he is said to belong to a group that is said to have been trading in performance-enhancing drugs with fake recipes.
Olympia 2021: doping expert Fritz Sörgel predicts results
Jacobs' manager Marcello Magnani told the
that the sprinter stopped working with Spazzini after being briefed on the investigation.
"The investigation never touched Marcell, so we have no further information on it," said Magnani.
"I dare to say that something will come out here that will not be in favor of these two Olympic victories," said doping expert Fritz Sörgel on
Sörgel also took a close look at the novel mitochondria training.
The “power plants of the cells” are studied, researched and optimized.
That's why Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, for example, was so fit.
This special training could also have borne fruit at the Olympics.
Olympia 2021: Lamont Marcell Jacobs had "obviously and categorically" never used prohibited substances
The manager called the question of whether Jacobs had used performance-enhancing drugs himself "crazy".
The sensational Olympic champion had "obviously and categorically" never used prohibited substances.
Jacobs' increase in performance had caused astonishment in Tokyo.
Up until the beginning of the year, his best time over 100 m was 10.03 seconds; in the previous year he had not exceeded a 10.10.
In the Olympic final he now ran the European record of 9.80 seconds and thus a hundredth faster than Usain Bolt in the 2016 Olympic victory in Rio.
Jacobs, who on Friday also led the Italian 4x100m relay to a no less surprising gold medal, was only number 22 in the world last year and only ran under 10 seconds for the first time in May.
Therefore, as the only 100m final starter in Tokyo, he was not part of the test pool of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which targets the world's best athletes.
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